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Hello all,

I have been looking at Range Rover's for some time now and finally found one that might be worth picking up. I haven't seen it in person yet but I wanted to ask if you can help with a basic checklist of things to look out for. The one in particular that I'm looking at is a 1989 with 140,000 miles and from the brief history given to me, possibly 2 only owners. The engine looks pretty clean from what I can see in the pictures but there isn't a view underneath. Anyway, I can go on and on but before I contact the guy I'd like to get some feedback on things to look for that should deter me from the purchase.

BTW, great site. Been lurking for some time as a guest :)
 

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Hello all,

I have been looking at Range Rover's for some time now and finally found one that might be worth picking up. I haven't seen it in person yet but I wanted to ask if you can help with a basic checklist of things to look out for. The one in particular that I'm looking at is a 1989 with 140,000 miles and from the brief history given to me, possibly 2 only owners. The engine looks pretty clean from what I can see in the pictures but there isn't a view underneath. Anyway, I can go on and on but before I contact the guy I'd like to get some feedback on things to look for that should deter me from the purchase.

BTW, great site. Been lurking for some time as a guest
Edit: it also has a 1.5" lift which I would have preferred it didn't. Anything to look for associated with this?
 

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As you might have read already, rust is the real issue. Try to check it out in person and look under the carpets and insulation. Front footwells, upper tailgate, rear storage area where it meets the tailgate, etc. Bring a screwdriver to hit the metal with. Youd be surprised where it punches holes due to unseen rust... Everything else is simple car stuff. going through the gears ok, no crazy noises, etc.
 

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Ask about the heating and air conditioning system - a broken blower is a huge repair. Door locks, window regulators. I always ask how long they've owned it and why they're selling.
 

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Thanks for the link, Aussie.

And thanks for the advice on the a/c heat, Trocadero.

Do any of you have an opinion on the 1.5" lift? I have this weird thing about keeping things stock and I am wondering if it will cause any problems. I was reading anything 2" and lower is fine but is that true? I'm going to be talking to the guy tomorrow.
 

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I bought a 91 Vogue SE recently, similar mileage etc. Mine is in for repairs at the moment and these include:

- welding in footwell, load area floor, both rear arch seat belt mounts, one inner wing, patches to sills, rear passenger floor.
- engine out to replace all core plugs, new head gaskets, valley gasket, timing chain
- new rear brake discs, calipers, new brake lines throughout
- new fuel lines throughout

It's in the UK so salt from winter roads is a factor.

I am budgeting £3k-£4K. I paid a fair price for the car and factored this in when I bought with a view to having a solid and reliable car with no hidden issues.
 

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Rust, rust and rust! A little rust is ok and a great haggling point. A pre-purchase inspection by a Rover specialist is worth the money.

You'll barely notice the 1.5" lift. If it bothers you, standard height springs are not too expensive and easy to change.
 

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Lift is ok, but I removed my 1.5" lift as well. Saw it as an opportunity to refresh the suspension and regain that magic carpet ride! I went with a combination of oem springs that gave me maybe a 3/4 inch lift while retaining the soft, long travel nature of the stock suspension.
 

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Lift is ok, but I removed my 1.5" lift as well. Saw it as an opportunity to refresh the suspension and regain that magic carpet ride! I went with a combination of oem springs that gave me maybe a 3/4 inch lift while retaining the soft, long travel nature of the stock suspension.
I too like the stock spring ride but I added 2" spacers for more clearance. We get a little snow up here from time to time.
 

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I ended up with a 1" spacer in the rear to help compensate for loads and also used rubber isolators top and bottom. Helped with NVH and added maybe a 1/2 of lift all around.
 
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